Herbal medicine is where all medicine and pharma takes root from.
I mean, you need to pick out something from the nature and then find the actual substances that help each illness. That’s basically how medicine progressed over the centuries. That’s how medications and vaccines were discovered.
Let’s imagine that the Big Pharma can no longer make and distribute their products to the pharmacies and physicians, people won’t stop needing medicine.
Thus, the solution would be to turn to the little bit people know or can learn about herbal medicines, in a world where we’ve already forgotten to value traditional herbal medicine.
In today’s article we’re going to talk about purslane. It’s a very common leafy plant, that you probably have already seen it so many times and if you have a yard, you probably even have it, but don’t really know the value.
The stems of the plant are reddish and it has yellow flowers in summer, and its leaves are spatula shaped and puffy. And this is a plant you can eat and cook, eat it raw in salads or even preserve it pickled in jars. Its taste is very similar to spinach.
Natural Herbs Magazine states that “Purslane is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal, much like garlic. This makes it an excellent all-purpose herbal treatment for a variety of different ailments.
The list of common ailments that can be treated with purslane, as part of an overall treatment strategy, is impressive”.
It sorts out that this is one of the most nutritious plants you can find, in nature! It is low on calories and very rich in micronutrients, such as:
- Beta carotene
- Vitamins A, C and E
- Some of the Vitamins B group
- Omega 3 fatty acids – an amazing quantity of 8,5 mg for every gram of this leafy plant! This means that purslane is an even better source of Omega 3 fatty acids than fish meat.
- Melatonin – it is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the human’s body, which helps the sleep regulation cycle. This plant offers huge levels of melatonin, for those who suffer from insomnia and sleep deprivation and are in constant need for sleeping pills.
You can also use this awesome natural medicine for:
- Earache – in this case, the best thing to do is make a tincture out of the herb, by soaking its leaves (preferably crushed) into high proof alcohol, that is at least 80 proof, letting the alcohol draw out the needed nutrients. Then, using an eye dropper, you can apply the tincture inside the ear, 20-3 drops in each ear.
- Internal infections such as:
- Colitis – inflammation of the large intestines
- Enteritis – inflammation of the small intestines
- Painful urination
- Stomach aches
It’s best to cook it or eat it raw, as a salad, for cases of internal infections.
However, if you’re picking this weed by yourself, you must be very careful, because it has a “twin”. It is called spurge weed and it is poisonous. Here are a couple of ways to tell the difference between them:
- Purslane can grow to 15’’ tall, while spurge lays flat on the ground
- Break the stem and squeeze it. Spurge would have milky sap and what you need to get is translucent almost clear sap